LET’S NOT SHOW THE WHITE FLAG
Desperate appeal for Great Northern Show volunteers
FOR 132 years, the Rochester Great Northern Show has been a highlight of our town. Now, it’s struggling on life support. But show committee president Scott Somerville isn’t about to let it die.
He’s urging locals to lend a hand and save this local gem.
‘‘We very nearly pulled the pin last year, we were struggling badly due to low volunteer numbers,’’ he said.
‘‘The show used to be held over two days — Friday night and all day Saturday — but last year we had to reduce it to just Saturday.
‘‘Now, we don’t even have a secretary or a treasurer.
‘‘After 132 years, it would be tragic to see it come to an end.’’
Scott became involved in the show 30 years ago.
A keen entrant in the cattle competitions, he thought he’d help out as well.
Now also deputy chair of Victorian Agricultural Shows, Scott has watched shows across the state die off one by one.
And he’s doing all he can to keep Rochester’s alive.
‘‘Shows are becoming a thing of the past,’’ he said.
‘‘And sadly, as agriculture suffers, so too do shows.
‘‘If people are struggling to water and feed their cattle, they often don’t have the money to get cattle ready to show.’’
But Scott emphasised the positive impact shows had on towns.
‘‘This town’s had a fair kick in the guts over the past few years with Murray Goulburn closing. But shows bring joy and keep people in the town talking and mixing with one another,’’ he said.
‘‘And while we want to keep seeing the Rochy show improve, we need the manpower.
‘‘If you don’t want to join the committee, we need people on subcommittees such as cattle and horses. And if you can’t make meetings, we would love some help at the show itself.’’
To get involved, call Scott on 0408 846 221 or visit the Facebook page for Rochester’s ‘Great Northern Show’.
‘ After 132 years, it would be tragic to see it come to an end’ — Scott Somerville
Scott Somerville welcomes any offers of assistance.